• Nursing Home Careers: Your Options

    Though many people do not often think of it, nursing home jobs offer great careers for many skilled workers. The typical nursing home job is a rewarding experience for those of us who love working with people and with the elderly in particular. Workers provide elderly clients with the care needed to treat illness, disability and injury. For those of us with big hearts, these facilities mean the opportunity to help improve the quality of many lives, and they allow us the chance to make money while doing so. There are many different facility options, meaning that there are quite a few jobs to suit the different talents of potential workers.

    It takes all kinds of people to run a nursing home, and skilled nurses are not the only ones who work in these facilities. The front office is brimming with administrative workers whose expertise lies in the technical details of running a facility. After all, it would not be possible to run a nursing home without someone to receive visitors and answer the phone all day. The main financial adviser would also work in this department. And there is room for growth, workers who begin in one position will always be able to grow and move up to work in new positions. Coordinators, secretaries and accountants will all find that there are positions available for them in the front office. Of course, those who answer the phone may find it difficult to simply move up to work as an accountant which requires a specialized education but the nursing home may pay for any education required for another position within the company.

    Obviously, a nursing home offers quite a few opportunities for those with nursing qualifications. In homes, nurses help patients get through the day without any problems. They feed patients, bathe them, and offer hygienic procedures to those who can’t perform them on their own. Nurses give patients their prescribed medicines and provide them with the care they were trained to give. Many nurses who work in homes are given supervisory positions, overseeing the work of less qualified individuals throughout the day.

    Nursing homes often have their own on site pharmacy, which must be peopled with workers. The pharmacy makes sure that patients receive their medications – no matter what time of day or night they are needed. In addition to the actual pharmacist, pharmacy technicians work to ensure that the facility stays running smoothly. The techs fill out paperwork and answer phones while qualified pharmacists, who require many years of training and a few degrees, maintain orders and answer questions concerning prescriptions. The pharmacist is the one who mixes and dispenses the actual prescriptions.

    Those who have studied social work may be able to find a job in a nursing home. Social services are a large field in the industry, and psychologists and social workers both will find that there are positions available to them in nursing homes. These workers must be licensed to work in the field, and are typically trained to deal with the psychological issues facing patients.

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